CLI workaround for Windows XP : Using TAIL

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👉 This post was initially written in 2006 and refered to specific software versions. When tunning your system, always consider which version you are running. Information below may be outdated. Use it at your own risk.

If you are an addict of the command line interface whateve the OS you use, you probably already had difficulties to administrate some Windows XP box remotely. Tips ! Get the [Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit tools][1] on you could install lot of usefull tools and especially tail !

# display help

tail /?

# display last ten lines of a file


# display last thirty lines of a file

tail -30 FILENAME

# keep accessing file, displaying new lines as necessary.

tail -f FILENAME

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows XP

  • 30 MB of free disk space
  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP SP1
  • Windows Server 2003 family
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